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Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist: Day 2

I’m still making tags and sharing them over at the Ellen Hutson’s Classroom. For this tag, I was inspired by Day 2, Dina Kowal who for the assignment made a tag using this color palette, however, on her blog, made the most wonderful tag that inspired me even more.  Hope it’s okay that I deviated a little Ellen!


My tag is Papertrey Ink. I used Clearly Besotted’s Ornamental Style Die to create a mask.  I then applied FW Pearlescent paints for color to the background, stamped a Our Daily Bread background stamp and finished off with a Hero Arts sentiment.

Ellen's Tag -Dina

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Ellen’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist

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From The Heart Stamps December Blog Hop-Birthdays!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps December blog hop. This month we are celebrating all things Birthday with our designers choosing “From The Heart” images that best reflect the month of our birth.  Isn’t that fun?  The hoppers will be guessing what month each designer is born based on the image chosen.  I’ll give you a hint on mine “Pigs love to eat candy.”

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.  On the blog, Faith is also hosting a challenge to add your birthday month card with a $10.00 gift certificate prize. This challenge will run through Jan 3, 2016.

If you have arrived from Kathy Curry, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

Here is my project, using “Pumpkin Pitwit.”  I began cutting out the “Wonky Frame” die by My Favorite Things which I stamped using an Impression Obsessions scratch background in Hero Arts Shadow Ink.

I colored up my Pigwit with Copic Markers in Roo, RV11, and BV20.  For my pumpkins I used E15, YR18, YR15, Y35 and the leaves are G99, G94, G21 and YG03.  For my background I used W3, W1, W00 then added texture with 91% Alcohol and a terry cloth rag.

For the Balloons, I inked them up with Hero Arts Ombre Inks, then stamped multiple sized stars with Simon Says Stamp “Lots of Stars” and finished off with the sentiment and die set by Papertrey Ink.

Dec Hop

Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s Blog and see what she has created.

Thanks a bunch for hopping with us today. You have until Monday December 7th at 6 am EST to enter.  Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday December 9th.”

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 11-16-15

Hello stampers!  The Crafty Nurse here with some creative play for The House that Stamps Built project of the week.   I can’t get enough of the Brushos Watercolors and today I’ve got a great way to use Brusho’s for adding color to your flowers and leaves. Don’t forget I’m offering a 10% discount to the Repeat Impressions Store (discount code on my blog sidebar).

For this project the supplies I used are:


Before we begin, I wanted to share with you how I store my Brusho’s.  I use a push pin to create a hole in the top and then keep the pins in the bottle so I don’t lose any powder.  When you want to use the pigment, remove the pin and shake it out.  Easy as pie.


To prepare our ink palette shake the Brusho’s pigment into the wells.I used Orange, Sunburst Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Sea Grass Green.


Step 1:  Ink stamp with distress ink.  The first one I used was Fossilzed Amber.  Make sure the entire stamp is covered.


Step 2:  With your water brush, apply a dabs of water to the surface of your inked stamp.  This is why we are using Distress Ink because it plays so well with water.  You can see that it’s activated that Fossilized Amber ink.


Step 3: Dip your water brush into the dry Brusho’s powder and apply to inked and watered stamp.



Step 4: After applying all your colors, hold up the image and give it a spritz of water.  Here is a sample of how much water should be used below.


Step 5: Time to Stamp.  The trick here is to make sure you use watercolor paper and once you stamp down, hold it for a count of no less than 5 seconds and 10 if you are not too impatient.  That way the pigment makes good contact with the paper and really soaks in for the most vibrant outcome. 


Step 6: If you need a little extra pigment you can always do a direct to paper application of the Brush’s with your water brush as I’m showing here.


Step 7:  Choose some alternate base Distress Inks to change up the colors of the leaves.  I used Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick.


You can see my sample and tell the differences in the base color. The top right is Fossilized Amber, The left is Dried Marigold and the bottom right is Worn Lipstick.


Step 8: Finish stamping your panel and distress.  I used Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.


Here is my final card made by watercoloring with Brusho’s. To finish the card I cut out the panel using a WPlus9 stitched die, added Ellen Hutson Ribbon, and die cut a Papertrey Ink Thanks die which I topped with Pico Embellisher in shimmer.   I can’t wait to break this technique out on other floral stamps.


I hope you’ve enjoyed how to watercolor with Brusho’s.  I hope you’ll join us this week for Karen’s Designer Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built  which focuses on “sentiments” where you will have a chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

Beginning Wednesday, November 18th, we are having a “Photo Inspiration” Challenge that I know you’ll love!

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

The Crafty Nurse

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